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Global Tech Talks – Innovation in Spain

Global Tech Talks live 8th July at 09:00 (BST) | 10:00 (CEST)

This live virtual discussion featured high calibre thought leaders with an emphasis on the global technological landscape, speakers explored the growth of legal tech in Spain, drivers for global collaboration in legal innovation, and technology as a business enabler.

• Discuss the future of global justice & online courts
• Discover emerging legal tech trends & the convergence of law & technology
• Debate the potential of digital disruption in law & opportunities for growth
• Consider how the legal sector can future proof.


Professor Richard Susskind OBE (Chairman)
President, Society for Computers & Law

Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker and independent adviser to international professional firms, general counsel, judiciaries, and national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of legal service, with particular reference to the impact of information technology. He has specialised in legal technology since the early 1980s and his views have influenced a generation of lawyers and legal technologists around the world.

He has written numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (Oxford, 1987), The Future of Law (Oxford, 1996), Transforming the Law (Oxford, 2000), The End of Lawyers? (Oxford 2008), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (Oxford, 2013), and (co-author, Daniel Susskind). The Future of the Professions (Oxford, 2015). He has written around 150 columns as a columnist for The Times and he is Founding Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology. His work has been translated into 12 languages.

Richard is President of the Society for Computers and Law and, since 1998, he has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. From 2003 until 2008, he was Chair of the UK’s Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (a non-departmental public body set up by the Cabinet Office in 2003, and now part of the Ministry of Justice). He is Chair of the Advisory Board, and Visiting Professor in Internet Studies, at the Oxford Internet Institute in the University of Oxford. Richard is also Chair of the Online Dispute Resolution Group of the Civil Justice Council of England and Wales, Special Adviser to the Canadian Bar Association, and IT Adviser to the Jersey Legal Information Board.

Richard has been widely recognized by the legal industry, he is an Honorary Professor at the Law School in University College London, Emeritus Law Professor at Gresham College in London, and a part-time law professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Richard has a first class honours degree in law from Glasgow University and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.

Gloria Sanchez Soriano
(Group VP) is the Group Head of Legal for Technology and Digital, Santander Bank

Gloria Sánchez (Group VP) is the Group Head of Legal for Technology and Digital of Santander Bank. Her team is in charge of the legal advice to technology areas, with a focus technology contracts and projects, digital banking and digital and financial regulation, data and privacy and IP. She is also in charge of the legal advice to the costs, procurement, TPRM and organization areas of the Group. Likewise, she leads the innovation strategy and legal tech of the legal area.

She commenced her legal career at Clifford Chance Madrid, and after some years advising clients in different transactions, she joined Banco Santander legal department. Before her current post, she has been head of legal for real estate, equity participations and portfolio sales at Banco Santander.
At present, she is adjunct professor at IE Law School, as well as visiting lecturer at different universities: Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), MIT Professional Education, ESADE (Barcelona), Universidad Complutense, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, ISDE, amongst others, she has been professor of corporate law at Carlos III University in Madrid and adjunct professor at IE Architecture & Design School.

Francesc Munoz
CIO, Cuatrecasas

Francesc Muñoz holds a degree as Telecommunications Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Also has a MBA from the ESADE Business School. Francesc has been the CIO of Cuatrecasas the largest independent Spanish law firm since 1998. He was named CIO of the year in Spain in 2017. Passionate about transformation, change and innovation, in 2016 launched an open innovation initiative and created Cuatrecasas Acelera, the first legaltech startup acceleration program in Europe. He is also member of the ESADE business school Digital Business board, member of the Spanish CIONET branch, co-founder of the CIOs.CAT association and co-founder of the Global LegalTech Hub. He’s also board member as observer at three legaltech spanish startups.

Laura Fauqueur

Innovation & Legal Design Facilitator, Legal Shake

Laura Fauqueur works as a (Legal) Design Thinking facilitator, and a consultant in innovation, digital transformation, and marketing for the legal industry (in-house legal departments, law firms, legal networks and institutions) through her company called Legal Shake.

Laura has been granted the European Tech Women 2020 Award – Legaltech category – by the Department of International Trade of the Government of the United Kingdom, as well as the Women in Legaltech 2020 Award by EWOLT.

She is the ambassador of the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA) in Spain, an advisor for the Global Legaltech Hub, and a cofounder of Madrid chapter of Legal Hackers.

She has been a director for the 2 first editions of the Masters in Legal Tech at the CEU Institute of Advanced Management (Madrid, Spain), and she currently is a member of the faculty for many legal tech programs in universities, business schools, bar associations, etc. She is also a partner at the Global Institute for Law and Innovation where she is crafting the first university-backed degree in Legal Design, to be launched in France in the coming months.

Marlen Estevez
Partner, Roca Junyent

Marlen is a Partner and member of the Board of Administration of Roca Junyent, as well as Director of the Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation Department at the Madrid office. In addition, she is Co-Head of the Innovation Department of the firm, which has been the winner of the Global Legal Hackaton for the past two years.

Outside the firm, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global LegalTech Hub, President of the E-sports Section of the Madrid Bar Association and Founder and President of Women in a Legal World, a non-profit association that aims to promote female talent within the legal sector, among others.

She has completed the Senior Management Program at Esade, the Advanced Management Program at Wharton and the Global Leadership Program at Harvard. She is also Co-Director of the “Legal Leadership Development Program”, jointly offered by Harvard Law School and Women in a Legal World.

Her successful career has led to the recognition from several international directories,  such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers, who have selected she as  a leading lawyer in her field. She has also been chosen as one of the 20 most important  women lawyers in Spain, as one of the 100 most influential women in Spain and was  awarded the Top 50 Inspiral Law Prize of Spain and Portugal, Top 60 Women in the Iberian Legal Sector and “Forty under 40”,by Iberian Lawyer. Recently, she has been named “Woman Referent of Innovative Entrepreneurship in  Spain” by the Government of Spain and referent of education in Spain by the Committee of Experts of the National Congress of Excellent Education.